March 29, 2018
Welcome to the third edition of The Westminster Weekly! As we head into spring break, we'd love to receive photos and stories of your family adventures and travels! Share your news with us by emailing Mrs. Nancy Schuler . Be sure to include some context for any photos you send. Have a wonderful break!
Mark Your Calendars
Upcoming Events

March 30-April 7
Spring Break!!
CAMP GRIFFIN IS OPEN!
April 13
3rd Grade Egyptian Day
April 20
TGA Open House (Tell your friends!)
Don't Miss West Side Story!
Mark your calendars now for April 27 and 28, when the Class of 2018 will present the exciting musical, West Side Story. This award-winning Broadway musical features music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The Romeo and Juliet story set in late 1950's New York brings humor, tragedy, and fantastic choreography.

This show is likely to sell out, so get your tickets ahead of time. The Book Fair will be in full swing, so plan to dress up in your finest and come out for a great evening at the Gryphon Theatre! Curtain is at 7:00 P.M. Please join us to support this talented class and spend a wonderful evening at the theatre!
4th Graders Explore Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
The fourth graders recently finished reading the novel, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH . Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. 

For an English and science cross-curricular project, the fourth graders were challenged with making an invention. As the students finished reading and discussing the book, they were asked to imagine that they were members of a new civilized rat society. The students were then challenged to create products that would benefit their new farming lifestyles. The students each wrote a chapter featuring their invention, and provided detailed instruction manuals for their work. This project required imagination, logic, and creativity. Thank you to Miss Foster and Mr. Abdelrazaq for giving the children such a great opportunity to express themselves! Check out the video above and stop in and see these great works of creativity and engineering on display in the kindergarten wing.
Spring Fling was Dazzling!
An important aspect of the arts curriculum at Westminster School is the Dance Program. All Westminster students receive dance instruction culminating in the upper-school dance classes, which include the waltz, fox trot, jitterbug, various line dances, and this year, the Charleston! Three dances are held for the 7th and 8th graders every year: a Halloween dance in the fall, a formal Spring Fling in the early spring and a Sock Hop at the end of the year.

This past Friday, the upper school students turned out in their finest to participate in this joyous event. The students had the chance to show off their own expressive dance moves, as well as practice those they've learned in dance class. At this event, it is tradition that members of the senior class are given a "debut" by Mr. Glover. The young gentlemen decked out in tuxedos escort the young ladies through an arch where they pause and Mr. Glover introduces them, describing their many talents and interests, as well as their high-school destination. The attendees also are treated to a lovely spread of snacks provided by the parents.

Thank you to Ms. Glazier for her dedication to opening up the world of dance to the students and to Mr. Glover for providing such a fun and memorable event for them.
Basketball Season Comes to a Close
The Westminster basketball season ended this week with several thrilling intramural games. In the 7th/8th grade division, the Apes finished with a record of 7-3, winning their last two games with narrow victories over the Panthers. Finishing second in the 7th/8th grade, were the Wolves with a record of 6-4, while the Panthers finished 2-8. 

The 5th/6th division was extremely competitive with each team having a chance for the mythical championship going into the last week of play. With two games left to play, there was a possibility that each team could end with even 5-5 records. However, the Gators defeated the Narwhals twice to end the season with a 7-3 record. Finishing second were the Avocados, with a record of 5-5 while the Narwhals ended with a 3-7 record. 

The co-ed intramural program is very popular with the students as they choose their team names, draw their own posters, and self-coach. This allows them to begin to understand game strategy, teaches the value of teamwork, and provides an opportunity for all the students to play against multiple types of defenses. Since the substitution pattern is the same for all teams, every player on the team plays approximately the same amount of minutes in each game, so every member of the team is very important to the overall success of the team.

In the Capital Athletic Conference, the Westminster teams had great seasons.  The JV girls won the league championship, losing only one game all year, and that game, only by one point! The JV boys took third place in the league with two great wins over Congressional and Green Acres in the tournament. At the varsity level, the boys finished the season in fourth place in the league, but lost in the tournament to Langley. The varsity girls played in the championship game for the fifth consecutive year, but in the end, they lost to Langley. However, these girls are to be congratulated because they had a wonderful year, finishing 13-3. Congratulations to all of the teams and their coaches, Mrs. Fowler and Mr. Miller.
Alumni News
Westminster graduates often go on to be activists and leaders in their high schools, colleges, and beyond. This is certainly the case with twin sisters, Maryam and Sara Abbasi, graduates of the Class of 2016.

Maryam and Sara are passionate about education, and are especially concerned that all people in the world have equal access to it. As first-generation Americans, they appreciate their own education more than your typical teenagers do. Their mother is a native of Afghanistan and they have grown up hearing stories of how life there is quite different from the one they enjoy.

Inspired by this, the girls decided to join the Learnserve International Fellowship Program at their high school, The Potomac School in McLean, VA. Through this program, they founded a project called Girls Connect. They and another friend set up a website and a Go Fund Me page with the mission to provide computers to girls in Afghanistan.

Through her contacts in Afghanistan, their mother found a girls' school in need just outside of Khabul, coincidentally named the Maryam School. Having reached their original goal of $3,000.00, the girls have decided that they want to keep going and provide technology to as many girls as possible.

We applaud these young ladies for their compassionate hearts and savvy business skills. They make us very proud!

You may visit their website here to learn more and to make a contribution to this very worthy cause.

Food for Thought
"Why Dance is Just as Important as Math in School"
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